Jacksonville Roller Derby

D1S: #6 Rat City squeaks past #3 Jacksonville, 186-170

D1S: #6 Rat City squeaks past #3 Jacksonville, 186-170 Photo credit: Hellslinger.

SEATTLE, WA – Any momentum that #6 Rat City picked up in their blowout win over the Mad Rollin’ Dolls early Friday appeared stalled when they took the track against #3 Jacksonville, falling quickly into penalty trouble and a swift New Jax lead.

An inspired defensive effort from the Seattle blocker line let the home team retake control of the game at halftime, however, and despite a Jacksonville rally, that closed Rat City’s lead to just one point, impressive footwork, and smart strategy from jammers Luna Negra and Alyssa Pray ultimately gave Rat City a 186-170 win.

2017 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Seattle Preview

2017 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Seattle Preview Photo credit: Regularman Photography. regularmanphotography.com

September 1st through the 3rd will kick off the Division 1 portion of WFTDA Tournament season in Seattle, Washington, hosted by the Rat City Rollergirls. After the massive 30-game tournament that was Division 2 two weeks ago, this weekend will conclude after 16 games played by 12 teams. While overall D1 was reduced to three brackets, each was expanded by two more teams which will mean that some teams will only end up playing two games this year.

While perhaps a little more predictable, Division 1 tournaments consist of the top teams in WFTDA, and as the sport grows, there’s always room for surprises. This year, the top four teams will make it out of the weekend alive and attend Championships this November in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Watch this tournament on WFTDA.tv and follow our coverage here on our website, or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.